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Tylopilus dunensis A.C. Magnago & M.A. Neves

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Scientific name
Tylopilus dunensis
A.C. Magnago & M.A. Neves
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Assessment date
IUCN Red List Category
IUCN Red List Criteria
Magnago, A.C., Neves, M.A., Costa-Rezende, D.H., Komura, D., Branco Rocha, F. & Drechsler-Santos, E.R.
Mueller, G.M.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/211814818/211815431


Tylopilus dunensis is endemic to restingas in Northeast Brazil. Restingas are unique, highly threatened ecosystems restricted to sandy coastal forests. Tylopilus dunensis is known from only one site, but it is likely to be more widespread occurring in high quality restingas, with a total population estimate of around 1,200-3,600 mature individuals, all in one subpopulation. Based on the severe habitat decline within the area, we infer a population decline, suspected to be around at least 30% in the last three generations (50 years) and this decline is ongoing. It is assessed as Endangered C2a(ii).

Geographic range

The species is currently known only from one site at the urban park Parque Estadual das Dunas de Natal, Rio Grande do Norte state, which encompass an area of 1,172 ha surrounded by the city (Magnago et al. 2017). The species grows in restinga, a unique ecosystem represented by fragmented coastal sand forests in the eastern coast of Brazil that often grows on ancient dune formations. It is expected that the species is distributed along the Atlantic Forest restricted to restingas. However, many other restinga areas towards the south of Brazil have been intensively explored in search of the species, but so far no success, which indicates that the species might be rare.

Population and Trends

There are six collections of the species deposited in fungaria. All the collections are from Parque Estadual das Dunas de Natal, but the species is expected to be distributed along the Atlantic Forest, restricted to restingas. This is a species with medium to high detectability, with medium sized basidiomes (orange pileus up to 12 cm diam.) but even so, after intensive collecting in potential habitat it has not been found at other sites. It appears to be restricted to high quality sites.

The Atlantic Forest has been deforested over decades, and the remaining fragments are suffering from biomass and biodiversity erosion, being one of the most fragmented tropical/subtropical forests in the world. Around 28% percent of the original forest in Brazil is left, much of it in small, unconnected fragments (Rezende et al. 2018). The restingas are a type of sandy coastal plain habitat associated with the Atlantic Forest domain, and are located along littoral areas of eastern Brazil, coinciding with the area occupied by approximately 70% of the country’s population. As a result, restingas are one of Brazil’s most impacted environments, with high rates of habitat loss, and are probably the country’s most endangered ecosystem (Rocha et al. 2007). Its original area has been reduced by more than 90% (Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica and Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais 2021) and only 299 km2 of restingas were in protected areas at the end of the 20th century (Zamith and Scarano 2006).

Due to the small remaining area of suitable habitat, it is estimated that the species occurs in only 100-300 additional sites, each supporting around 12 mature individuals. This gives a total population estimate of between 1,200 and 3,600 mature individuals, restricted to one subpopulation. Based on extensive loss of suitable habitat and the putative influence that habitat degradation has on species occupation in a given environment (Berglund and Jonsson, 2003, Haddad et al. 2015), we precautionarily infer a population decline, suspected to be at least 30% within the past three generations (50 years) and this decline is likely continuing into the future.

Population Trend: decreasing

Habitat and Ecology

The species grows in restingas, in sandy soil substrates, forming 1-4 basidiomes per mature individual. The specimens were collected in the Brazilian northeast region during the rainy season in the autumn (April-May). It is likely to be ectomycorrhizal like other species in the genus, and its distribution may follow an unknown host's geographic distribution.


The main threats effecting restingas are urban expansion, real estate speculation in coastal areas, tourism, pollution from the disposal of garbage and effluents, deforestation, the presence of exotic species such Casuarina, Eucalyptus and Pinus, and the lack of planning for the use of the restingas areas, as well as the lack of environmental education about the importance of restingas. Protected areas including restingas at the end of the 20th century covered only 299 km2 (Zamith and Scarano 2006).

Conservation Actions

To contain or mitigate the degradation of the restingas, ensuring that these areas can continue exercising their important environmental function, the Brazilian Forest Code – Law No. 12,651 of May 25, 2012 classified the restingas areas as Areas of Permanent Preservation (APP), stipulating rules for use and occupation. However, conservation actions including the management and maintenance of these protected areas where the species is found is not effectively being carried out. Developing conservation plans for other areas where the species might occur as well as the creation of new conservation areas with the appropriate reforestation action is needed.

More collections are needed to better understand the full geographic distribution of the species, especially towards the south of Brazil, and understand the phenology of the species. The genus is likely ectomycorrhizal, so it is necessary to confirm the mycorrhizal status of the species and identify its possible hosts. Many boletes are edible, and studies to investigate its potential use would be beneficial.

Use and Trade

There is no use/trade of this species.

Source and Citation

Magnago, A.C., Neves, M.A., Costa-Rezende, D.H., Komura, D., Branco Rocha, F. & Drechsler-Santos, E.R. 2022. Tylopilus dunensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T211814818A211815431. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-1.RLTS.T211814818A211815431.en .Accessed on 4 August 2023

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